Lights are a staple in every home, but that doesn’t mean your switches should be like everyone else’s. With a few simple tweaks, the fixtures can do more simply illuminate your home as a bit of lighting control. They can curb your energy use, evoke ambiance, and protect your home, for example. Here are 10 simple ways to realize your lights’ full potential. Read the rest of the article by Lisa Montgomery on Electronic House magazine’s web site.
There were quite a few visions of the household of the future if we turn to the Hollywood flicks. Take for example The 5th Element or Minority Report or, well.. The Jetsons. Here’s how Microsoft et al. envision our homes in the not-so-distant future.
This is Part 2 of The Ultimate List of Home Automation Software for iPhone. UPDATE: This list has moved to a new place, please go there for the most up-to-date information. For your convenience the short link to this post is http://tinyurl.com/iphonehas2 (as in iPhone Home Automation Software, Part 2). Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
It’s been over 30 years since X10 came around, and still home automation has a very hard time catching up with the rest of the technologies that invaded our homes in these past decades. According to Google Trends the popularity of “home automation” search is even dropping. Why? What’s stopping wide adoption of home automation by Joe “The Plumber” and the likes? Some experts believe that home automation needs a “killer app” and some government encouragement. So what could be that “killer app”?
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